South Western Sydney PHN Partnerships
South Western Sydney PHN is proud to be associated with the below health alliances.
Western Sydney Health Alliance
The Western Sydney Health Alliance took a significant step forward in 2019-20 with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding by all partners and the adoption of the detailed project plan.
The Alliance was formed in 2018-19 as a priority in the Western Sydney City Deal, a 20-year partnership between the three levels of government which aims to transform Greater Western Sydney through investment and planning reform, improving access to employment, housing, health, education and liveability.
The partnership between SWSPHN, the South Western Sydney Local Health District and five councils within our region, the Nepean Blue Mountains PHN, the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District and three council’s within that region is focusing on four priorities: getting people active; access to healthy food; liveability and connections; and access to health and wellbeing services.
SWSPHN has joined Nepean Blue Mountains PHN in taking the lead on the Access to Health and Wellbeing Services Working Group.
Our leadership in the working group is an opportunity to provide input into long-term government policy and planning for the growth of Greater Western Sydney in areas including health impact statements and improving health literacy.
Fairfield Health Alliance
The Fairfield Health Alliance has had a successful year in seeing a number of our projects delivered in the community. A highlight of 2019-20 was the development and piloting of the gambling assessment tool for the Gambling Harm Screening and Referral Project after successfully gaining an Office of Responsible Gaming grant last year.
Now in its third year, the Fairfield Health Alliance, is a partnership between SWSPHN, Fairfield Council and the South Western Sydney Local Health District. The alliance addresses the unique and diverse health needs of one of Australia’s most diverse local government areas, where close to 70 per cent of the population speaks a language other than English at home.
Fairfield Health Alliance’s three focus areas are gambling, health literacy and general practice capacity building, with a working group focusing on a number of projects within each of those areas.
During the past year, the general practice capacity building working group has focused on Hepatitis C testing and treatment and reducing antibiotic prescribing and educating the community on antibiotic over use.
Wollondilly Health Alliance
The Wollondilly Health Alliance is now in its sixth year and continues to work to improve the health of our community.
The alliance is a partnership between SWSPHN, Wollondilly Shire Council and South Western Sydney Local Health District.
Our three working groups have representatives from the three partner organisations, in addition to those from general practice, non-government organisations and private industry – all working together to make a real difference to the health of our rural community.
The working groups include: Care Process, Health Promotion and Health in Planning.
- The top health priorities for the alliance are:
- Future planning for health services aligned to predicted population increases
- Better sharing of patient health information
- Improving access to community health services
- Increasing community awareness about local health care services and treatment options
- Attracting and retaining health professionals
- Preventative health
2019-20 saw the delay of many projects due to COVID-19 restrictions. However, the three working groups continued to meet and facilitate health improvements where they could.
Projects undertaken this financial year included:
The Care Process group focused on and progressed telemonitoring, video consultation and Warm Up Wollondilly (winter initiative) – all of particular importance during COVID-19. 2019 also saw the implementation of Patient Reported Experience Measures through the telemonitoring program with positive feedback. The first video consultation was held successfully in July 2019. Video consultation increased between March and June 2020 with the increasing need for telehealth in response to COVID-19. Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals’ outpatient clinics led the design, implementation and evaluation for video consultation during COVID-19 and the alliance supported this through the provision of additional equipment such as webcams and headsets. Warm Up Wollondilly was a new initiative in 2020 targeting vulnerable groups during winter to alleviate feelings of poor health.
The Health Promotion group promotes healthy living and raises the health literacy of the community. In 2019 the working group challenged local schools to adopt a healthy canteen menu through the Healthy School Canteen Strategy. Twelve of the 14 public primary schools in Wollondilly put in a fantastic effort and are now offering a range of healthy food and drinks to their students. Three Elders cooking classes were also held in February and March 2020 before COVID-19 restrictions. These classes are part of alliance’s journey to build a relationship between Wollondilly Aboriginal Elders and the Tharawal Aboriginal Medical Service. Work also progressed on the Health and Wellbeing mapping project, and Project Grow and Café Connect.
The Health in Planning group continued to work on key initiatives to ensure health is embedded in the planning of the shire’s new estates like Wilton Junction. In 2019-20, the alliance supported Wollondilly Shire Council to develop and finalise the Wilton Health and Wellbeing Strategy, in consultation with the community, local organisations and NSW Government agencies. The strategy is a key part of the plan to make Wilton a healthy and liveable town with a fast-growing population. The alliance also supported council in implementing the Social and Health Impact Assessments into its development application considerations in 2019-20. These assessments help council staff consider the impacts of development upon community health and wellbeing.